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UN commemorates Rumi in collaboration with Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey

TEHRAN, Jun.29 (ISNA)-The United Nations, in honor of the 800th birth anniversary of the classic Persian poet and mystic Rumi hosted a commemoration day in cooperation with Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey.

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and General Committee president Haya Rashed Al Khalifa were also present at the ceremony.

Panel discussion on Rumi's life and works was also a part of the event.

Ban KI-moon said the principles of Rumi such as tolerance, understanding, compassion and patience were guide to him and that Rumi led a life based on his philosophy.

Rumi's tomb

Also verses by Rumi were read in Persian and English by Iranian representatives at the UN and a Turkish artist perform a special Sama ceremony.

Mawlana Jalal-ad-Din Muhammad Rumi known to the English-speaking world simply as Rumi was a 13th century Persian Muslim poet, theologian and mystic.

Rumi was born in Balkh (in present-day Afghanistan, then a city of Greater Khorasan in Persia) and died in Konya (in present-day Turkey). Rumi's importance is considered to transcend national and ethnic borders. Throughout the centuries he has had a significant influence on Persian as well as Urdu and Turkish literatures. His poems are widely read in the Persian speaking countries of Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan and have been widely translated into many of the world's languages in various formats.

After Rumi's death, his followers founded the Mevlev Order, better known as the "Whirling Dervishes," who believe in performing their worship in the form of dance and music ceremony called the sema.

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